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The official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper made the rounds online. The colorful image confirms the QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution of the upcoming phablet's display. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 official wallpaper (click to view in full resolution) The original size of the image you see above is 2560 x 2560 pixels. This should hardly catch anyone by surprise as, typically, wallpapers for Android devices do not have the exact resolution as its display in order to be able to accommodate extra homescreen panes. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will debut at a global Unpacked event next week, on September 3. The Korean giant already released a number of teaser videos to mark the phablet's imminent debut. We will be covering Samsung's Unpacked event live, so be sure to tune in to find out what the company has in store. Source...


Busy making a name for itself, Xiaomi must be hoping their first ever tablet will get the attention it deserves, following a couple of flagships that had the cheek to challenge the big boys. Just like them, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 will try and wow you with specs without making it too hard to guess who it is they've copied this time...


Yesterday, a Huawei executive confirmed the existence of the Ascend P7 sporting a sapphire display. He even showcased it during an interview. Today, the company's PR team was quick to follow on that action and make the smartphone official. Well, sort of - they reached out to us and confirmed that the phone will be called Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition, and that it is coming to China soon. The explicit mention of China and exclusion of other countries suggests that the phone will probably only have a limited release in the company's homeland. The company also said the P7 Sapphire Edition will have 4G LTE connectivity. We assume that it's going to work on China Telecom's network as well, although that's not confirmed yet. We expect more information to be released in the coming days, including pricing. Judging from Huawei's words, the company is gearing to release the phone before Apple reveals the iPhone 6 with a sapphire...


Archos put out one its traditional "here's what we'll announce" announcements. It details three phones, two tablets and additional gadgets that will be shown at IFA at the start of next month. Details for the first two Android phones are available in full, while the other devices are just outlined. Archos 50b Platinum The Archos 50b Platinum is a dual-SIM phone. It will have a 5" IPS screen with qHD resolution and run Android 4.4 KitKat. The phone is based on a MediaTek MT6582 chipset with 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7, Mali-400MP2 GPU and just 512MB RAM. Archos 50b Platinum There will be an 8MP / 1080p main camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera. The 50b Platinum will come with an 8GB microSD card in addition to 4GB of built-in storage, a number of colorful cases and a 1,900mAh Li-Po battery. The Archos 50b Platinum will launch in September and will cost £120 (€150 / $200). Archos 45c Platinum The Archos 45c Platinum will be smaller with a 4.5" IPS screen with FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels). It's a dual-SIM phone as well and will be powered by the same MediaTek chipset. Archos 45c Platinum The main camera has been dropped to 5MP / 1080p, the front-facing camera remains at 2MP. The battery is a Li-Po unit with 1,700mAh capacity. The Archos 45c Platinum will also launch in September for £100 (€125 / $165) Archos 40 Cesium Earlier this year Archos CEO Loic Poirier said the company was considering making a Windows Phone handset and here's the result - the Archos 40 Cesium. It will have a 4" screen and run Windows Phone 8.1 on a Snapdragon 200 chipset with a quad-core processor (it's not clear if it will have Cortex-A7 or A5 cores). The 40 Cesium will launch in September at £80 (€100 / $130 and will come in Yellow, Blue and Black. Archos 101 Oxygen The Archos 101 Oxygen is an affordable Android tablet. £200 (€250 / $330) buys you a 10.1" 1080p screen and a quad-core Cortex-A17 processor with 1.5GB RAM. It will come with 16GB of built-in storage. Archos 80 Cesium Tablet The Archos 80 Cesium is will come in October at £130 (€165 / $215). It's an 8" tablet with 1,280 x 800 resolution and will run Windows 8.1 (not phone) on a quad-core Intel processor (presumably Atom). Connected Objects Archos has gotten into the home automation and has additional gadgets to make your place cooler. The Archos Weather Station will come in September at £100 (€125 / $165) and will connect to your iOS or Android device. It will track temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, air quality and noise pollution and looks quite cool. There's also the Archos Music Light - a £50 (€65 / $85) lamp that can play music from a Bluetooth-connected iOS, Android or Windows device. For music on the go, the Archos Music Beany is a plush beany with built-in headphones and a microphone, which again connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth. It will set you back £30 (€40 / $50). Source (PDF) |...


The US-bound LG G Vista is going to Asia as the LG Gx2. It's a 5.7" phablet that replaces last year's LG Gx but with less impressive specs. The screen is an IPS LCD with 720p resolution and the processor is a 1.2GHz quad-core (most likely a Cortex-A7) with 1.5GB RAM. The phablet runs Android KitKat with LG's latest UX, Knock Codes and support for LG Quick Circle Cases. There's LTE-A connectivity and a 3,200mAh battery to power it all. The camera on the LG Gx2 is an 8MP shooter with Laser focus, which uses IR light to achieve accurate focus quickly even in poor lighting conditions. There's also a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The Gx2 measures 152.1 x 79.2 x 9.1mm and weighs 165g and comes in either White or Black. The phablet will launch on September 18 but pricing info will be revealed later on. This model will likely stay in Asia, there's no word on an international version. Source (in Korean) |...


The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2, the latest iteration in the company's Mega phablet lineup, has shown up across various Asian tech sites after being quietly launched in various Asian markets like Malaysia last week. A preview of the device has surfaced on Thai tech site DroidSans, giving us an in-depth look at what Samsung's latest phablet brings to the table. Initial impressions indicate that the 6-inch 720p LTE device is a robust device thanks to quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos chip inside. The Mali-400MP GPU can handily manage the relatively low screen resolution, while the faux leather back panel is similar to the one introduced by the Note 3 last year. The same software features found on previous large-screened Samsung devices can be found on the Mega 2, including split-screen Multi-Window support. Camera samples from the 8MP shooter look good, with vibrant colors and good dynamic range, made even better by the included HDR mode. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is available in select markets for just over €300, with more Asian regions set to get the device next month. No word yet on a Mega 2 release in western markets, though. Thanks, DiditK, for the tip! Source...


The Apple iPhone 6 rumors are starting to pour in frantically as the launch event nears. The latest one clings to the September 9 announcement date instead of the September 19 one and complements the statement with a list of the specs and a ton of pictures of the phone itself and the retail box. By now we're tired of repeating this but here goes - take these with a grain of salt as they could be just a clever hoax or a dummy unit or just a pre-production hardware that has differences from the final units. Alleged iPhone 6 images There are enough clues in the images above to suggest this as just another fake device or phone with Android software made out to mimic Apple's iOS. For starters the Calendar icon looks fake. Second the hardware looks awfully unpolished with a plastic-looking front panel and a protruding camera lens on the back and the single LED flash. The source of the images has put forth some specs along with the hardware images. As we went through them we saw nothing new - a 4.7" display of 960 x 1704 resolution, 2GB of RAM and dual-core 2GHz processor inside a 64-bit Apple A8 chip, 8MP camera with 1080p@60fps video recording, the lot. The torrent of images and rumors isn't slowing down, so it's up to you to choose what to believe until Apple introduces the real thing on stage. Yesterday we reported about a genuine-looking manual as...


We have gotten a sneak peek at LG's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, apparently known as the G Watch R. The video LG released earlier didn't really show much, other than brag about the fact that it will have a full circle display (unlike the semi-circular display of the Moto 360). LG has now posted an image of the watch on its Facebook page, which gives a slightly better look at the watch. It is about as traditional looking as it can get and with the default watch face looks pretty much like any other watch. The display does look like it will be slightly smaller than the one on the Moto 360 and has thicker bezels around the side. Motorola managed to have a bigger screen and smaller bezels by shoving in all the display drivers, which would normally be around the side below the display in the black portion. We'll get a better look at the G Watch R next week at IFA 2014 where it will be officially...


While we've been waiting for HTC and Google to announce an 8.9" Nexus tablet we've been treated to more than one leak about the coveted Nexus 9. The latest one is from hardware-assessing app CPU-Z, which confirms the SoC in charge of the tablet is the latest Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit. We've already suspected the tablet will carry a 64-bit Nvidia chip and with two leaks behind it, the rumors seem plausible to say the least. The Tegra K1 inside the Nexus 9 will have a top clock speed of 2.5GHz which is higher than the 2.2GHz non-64-bit Tegra K1 we benchmarked and found to top our charts, especially in the graphics department. Nvidia claims its Tegra K1 chip is 1.5 times more efficient than its competition which should translate into reasonable battery life despite the immense power within. The Tegra K1 has a 192-core GPU based on the desktop-grade Kepler architecture and Nvidia's Cuda cores. As for the Nexus 9, it's rumored to have a 4:3 aspect 1440 x 2048 pixel 8.9" display of 281ppi, 8MP camera and the latest Android L from Google. Source |...


BlackBerry plans to launch the Passport in September, but luckily for everyone who has been expecting it, a detailed review has surfaced before its debut. It comes courtesy our Czech colleagues from Mobilenet.cz and reveals just about everything about the smartphone. Inside the BlackBerry Passport there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 chipset with a quad-core 2.2GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. There is also 32GB internal memory, which can be expanded further via the microSD card slot. The battery is quite large in capacity at 3,450mAh but because the phone didn't stick around for long, there was no time for a proper battery test. The phone measures 128x90.3x9.3mm and weighs the massive 195 grams. At the back, there's a 13MP camera with LED flash and 1080p@60fps video recording capabilities. It has optical image stabilization, too. While there's NFC and LTE connectivity options, the Passport's Wi-Fi is limited to 802.11n only. The 4.5" display of 1440x1440 pixel resolution boasts a pixel density of 453 ppi. It's also covered with a protective layer of Gorilla Glass 3. The review reveals that the phone feels really sturdy and is built to last. On the side, there's a steel frame, while the back is made of soft touch material to be less slippery. One of the most interesting features of the Passport is its keypad which doubles as a large touchpad. There are few interesting gestures available. One of them is the ability to quickly delete words by swiping to the left. The keyboard itself is fantastic to write on, but one handed use is quite hard as the phone is just too wide. Lastly, the review mentions the phone's availability in Europe, which will happen in October. The price of the Passport is quoted at $760 (CZK16,000). Follow the source link to check out more live photos of the BlackBerry...


HTC announced the Desire 510 smartphone. The newcomer combines mid-range specs and LTE connectivity. HTC Desire 510 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU. That's the first 64-bit Snapdragon chipset to make it to an actual device. It's not the first 64-bit droid though, as the Intel Atom-powered devices got there first. There's a gig of RAM and 8GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded via microSD card slot. The device's display is a 4.7" FWVGA unit. Its main camera is a 5MP unit, coupled with front-facing VGA snapper. HTC Desire 510 boots Sense-d Android 4.4 KitKat. Measures of the Desire 510 are 139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm, while its weight tips the scale at 158 grams. A 2,100mAh battery powers the device. The handset will make its way to regions in Europe, Asia, as well as some carriers in the United States. The price of the handset is expected to be highly affordable....


Samsung released two more Galaxy Note 4 teaser videos. The phablet is set to debut in less than two weeks, on September 3. The new videos feature the same "Ready to note?" theme like the previous two, but focus on long-time Samsung Galaxy Note users. The latter talk about their life with Samsung's phablet, and express their excitement about the upcoming sequel. Check them out below. Rumored specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 5 Octa SoC, 5.7" QHD display, and capable 16MP camera. We will cover the device's launch live, so be sure to tune in for the full scoop on September 3. Source...


The Gionee spinoff manufacturer IUNI took the wraps of the premium, yet highly affordable U3. The handset packs a flagship worthy spec sheet, coupled with the barely believable price tag of CNY 2,000 (around $325). IUNI U3 features a 5.5" QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display made by Sharp. The 538 ppi screen is adorned by slim bezels and has takes up the impressive 77% of the device's body. The rest of the IUNI U3 specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. The device offers 32GB built-in memory. On paper, the IUNI U3 appears to have a highly capable camera department. The main snapper is a 13MP unit with Sony sensor and optical image stabilization. The front-facing camera on the other hand is a 4MP UltraPixel solution, lifted straight from the HTC One (M7). Connectivity options of the device include dual-SIM functionality, where one of the slots is dedicated to LTE networks. A 3,000mAh battery powers IUNI U3. The handset boots skinned Android 4.4.4. It will be available in black, white, and light green when available. Speaking of availability, the IUNI U3 is expected to be available in limited numbers in the first half of September....


The yet to be revealed Sony Xperia Z3 got fully disassembled before its official announcement. Sony's next flagship is going to debut at the manufacturer's IFA press conference next week, on September 3. The images of the devices teardown confirm fall right in line with past leaks. They also reveal that the upcoming flagship will pack a 3,100mAh battery - down from 3,200mAh in the Sony Xperia Z2. Sony Xperia Z3 teardown (click to enlarge) Sony Xperia Z3 is expected to retain the Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM of its predecessor, as well as its 20.7MP camera and the 1080p 5.2" display. The water resistance is also a sure thing and it appears that only the design will be different. Source...


According to ad viewing traffic from Chitika Insights the Amazon Fire phone commands around 0.015% of ad serving in the US for the last 20 days of Chitika's research. Coupled with the comScore data that in the three months ending June 2014 there were between 173m and 175m phones active in the US some have estimated that the Amazon Fire phone has only ended up in the hands of around 26 thousand users. Amazon released its Fire phone exclusively on AT&T's network for $199 but there were no official numbers given since then as is usual for Amazon. After some elaborate number crunching, the source points that if not all Fire Phone users are active online the 26 thousand units may rise to 35 thousand - because the people who aren't online don't show up on the survey. Either way, the number is far lower than the Kindle tablets and clearly point that the phone is enjoying less than great reception. Again no official numbers have been given and as the estimates above are vague as it is the Fire phone could very well have sold slightly more. Source 1 | Source 2 | Via...


The single-SIM flavor of Nokia Lumia 530 went on sale today in the UK, about two weeks earlier of previous estimates. Three UK retailers have the Lumia 530 already in stock and you can get it right now. Unlocked-Mobiles has the lowest SIM-free price we were able to find - £86.98. Carphone Warehouse has the Lumia 530 listed at £89.95, while Clove offers the phone for £99.00. You can get it for free from all major UK carriers with a two-year contract, too. Meanwhile, the dual-SIM version of Nokia Lumia 530 has launched in Germany. Various retailers have it in stock already and you can have it for €98. Nokia Lumia 530 is already available in Malaysia and India. It comes with a 4" FWVGA display, runs on Snapdragon 200 and packs 4 gigs of storage, a 5MP cam and the latest Windows Phone 8.1...


Huawei has been extensively using the number 7 in its teasers for the upcoming IFA event. The latest one is dubbed "7 Mates For 7 Dreamers," a not so subtle hint at the upcoming Huawei Ascend Mate 7. You can just about see the metal back of the device in the hands of the "mixologist + artist" though he hides the fingerprint sensor with his hand. From a previous teaser we've seen that the new phablet will also feature Cat. 6 LTE connectivity and a beefy chipset, the Kirin 920. From TENAA we get all the other specs - a 6" 1080p screen, 13MP / 1080p camera, Android 4.4 KitKat with Emotion UI. Here's the video. It features a number of other devices including a smartband, a Bluetooth headset (the TalkBand B1 most likely) and a tablet though they don't seem like new devices. There is a mid-range Huawei device, also with a fingerprint sensor, in the rumor mill though we didn't spot it in the ad (which takes great care to conceal the devices as much as...


Xiaomi is finally launching the Redmi 1S in collaboration with Flipkart. The device is going to come to users on September 2 and you can register to buy the device will open today on Flipkart. The price of INR 5,999 (around $99) is lower than what Xiaomi first made official (INR 6,999). The device has a 4.7" 720p screen, Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB of RAM, 8MP snapper, microSD card slot and MIUI v5 on top of Android 4.3. This is it! Priced at Rs. 5,999 - Redmi 1S will be available for sale on 2 September! pic.twitter.com/X3RIBUi9s4— Mi India (@MiIndiaOfficial) August 26,...


Huawei's Device Chairman Yu Chengdong first brought to light the possibility of a Huawei Ascend P7 in an interview at the beginning of the month, during which he even pulled out a sapphire display-toting P7. Now, Chengdong has posted a picture of the device on his Weibo account, suggesting that the company may introduce it at the next month's IFA show. An announcement of a smartphone with a sapphire display could mean that Apple is not the only manufacturer readying the special display tech for its upcoming flagship. Whether or not Huawei will beat the Cupertino company to the punch remains to be seen, as actual device shipments are another story. The Ascend P7 sports a quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A9 processor on the company's in-house HiSilicon Kirin chipset. There's also 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 13MP/8MP camera combo. It's likely that the updated Ascend P7 variant will contain the same internals, but we'll know for sure after the official device launch. Be sure to check back with us next week for all of the IFA 2014 device launches and announcements, live from Berlin. Source (Chinese) |...

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